I’m sitting on my bed in a room of sunflowers! The walls are cornflower blue and there’s even a tiffany’s stain glass lamp of sunflowers mounted on the wall. I’m enveloped in a comforting softness, surrounded by beauty. And the really cool part is this just the inside space at Horseshoe Lodge – outside are 100’s of acres of Mother Earth’s beauty to explore and be nourished by as well.
This is the Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah, Colorado, the site for this summer’s Quest for Your True Life: Embracing Change with an Open Heart retreat. This place truly has been a labor of love by my friends Helene and Dave Van Manen. Their belief in the possibilities of using outdoor education and the healing and restorative power of nature, have given us this unique site, a place to explore the land and ourselves in communion.
Tonight, walking with Helene and Dave Van Manen to Lookout Point, I could feel their love of each of us for all the blooming plants we met along the well-kept trail – blue harebells, white yucca, brilliant orange butterflyweed and purple one-sided penstemon, to name just a few. Actually I’ve never seen so many blooming yuccas at once, even in the desert – and here we’re at 7000’ above sea level. My eyes drank in the flowers beauty, surrounded by the larger landscape of ponderosa pines, Douglas firs and Rocky Mountain juniper.
What really got me jazzed was noticing all the special spots that could be calling your name for a mini-Vision Quest this August. At least a dozen called to me – come, sit here with me, notice the details here, for they carry messages to you about your own journey. I’ve spent my life in conversation with the natural world – my friend, my Beloved, always receiving so much love, acceptance and inspiration. I am committed to guiding others not to miss the sacred conversations that happen in these woods.
It’s a privilege to get to bring a special group of women, interested in knowing themselves deeply and bringing that knowledge to the world in the form of wonderful gifts, to this special place. While Mystery holds what will unfold for each woman, I know that the impact of each one’s journey will be rippling from them into the world for years to come. What a delicious adventure!
Tell me, what would inspire you to take the time to listen to your heart and the heart of the Earth, this August?
Retreat Coach Victoria FittsMilgrim | True Life Coach